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Tuesday, May 05, 2020 @ 8:47 AM

Why dissent is essential | Sam Goldstein

Civil liberties is a popular topic in everyday life so you’d think it would be a popular topic in an emergency, like a pandemic, when people need their civil liberties most, because I think the government is taking away our ability to put food on the family table and preventing us from sharing joy, or sorrow with our loved ones. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 30, 2020 @ 12:45 PM

Performance or policy: Late-night tweet on the invisible enemy | Kelly Goldthorpe

“In light of the attack from the Invisible Enemy, as well as the need to protect the jobs of our GREAT American Citizens, I will be signing an Executive Order to temporarily suspend immigration into the United States!” — @realDonaldTrump at 10:06 p.m. April 20, 2020. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 30, 2020 @ 11:53 AM

Can China be sued for this pandemic? | Alistair Vigier

With the extra time I have had on my hands since COVID-19 struck, I have followed closely any lawsuits, accusations and political activities regarding the pandemic. I started following Chinese and U.S. politicians on Twitter to see what their positions are. On the U.S. side, it was clear that they blame the Chinese government directly for the spread of COVID-19. On the Chinese side, they have mostly shown videos about China sending masks to many countries in the world. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 29, 2020 @ 12:40 PM

COVID-19 and single-use plastics | Daniel Dylan

One sector of the economy hit particularly hard by the pandemic is the $93 billion a year foodservice industry. To stay afloat, many foodservice businesses have turned to offering takeout or delivery services from their establishments. While not a novel development, more takeout and delivery use has increased single-use plastics and other forms of food packaging demand and use. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 29, 2020 @ 11:26 AM

Examining ‘irreplaceability’ of courtroom advocacy, testimony | David W.L. Wu

Many in the legal community have for years advocated for the increased use of electronic technologies in courtroom proceedings. The hesitancy of the courts in Canada to adopt and make routine use of basic technologies such as e-filings and video/teleconferencing is, frankly, baffling to many. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 29, 2020 @ 10:32 AM

Prosecuting COVID-19 non-disclosure misguided | Richard Elliott, Ryan Peck and Léa Pelletier-Marcotte

We read with dismay the recent commentary suggesting the use of sexual assault law to prosecute allegations of non-disclosure of the COVID-19 virus (Lawrence David, “COVID-19 and consent to sexual activity”). David’s proposal rests on the jurisprudence criminalizing HIV non-disclosure in certain circumstances as “fraud” that vitiates consent to sex. However, that jurisprudence is disturbingly overbroad. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 28, 2020 @ 11:44 AM

Criminalizing COVID-19 transmission via sexual assault law? No. And that means no | Lee Seshagiri

A global pandemic can give you time to think. Or at least it might for those lucky souls whose home lives have not morphed into full-time daycare operations, home schooling programs, professional cooking and cleaning services and remotely connected home offices — complete with Zoom capability, of course! These are truly strange and dangerous times. And not just in my kitchen. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 28, 2020 @ 11:06 AM

COVID & Cobain: coronavirus in jail | Jeffrey Hartman

I sat on a bench in Seattle a few winters ago. It was cold, rainy and perfect because Kurt Cobain lived and died next door. He was an antihero with no patience for lies and games. I started writing when I heard “Smells Like Teen Spirit” recently. Kurt’s lyrics are distinguished below.   ... [read more]

Monday, April 27, 2020 @ 1:36 PM

Coming out of the Stone Age | Michael Lesage

Since being forced to close last month, the Ontario court system has made great strides. No longer only operating under an effective “weekend/holiday” schedule, it is now able to handle certain unopposed motions in writing and even emergency motions via Zoom and other videoconferencing technology. While still not accessible to the majority of the public nor able to handle everyday disputes, it appears to be moving in the right direction. ... [read more]

Monday, April 27, 2020 @ 9:26 AM

Can cruise lines be sued for COVID-19? | Alistair Vigier

The number of people who have been affected by COVID-19 is unbelievable. As of the writing of this article, there have been 40,000 cases reported in Canada and 2,000 deaths. With the high death toll and massive economic losses, it is fair to say there have been enough damages to warrant several class action lawsuits. ... [read more]